Atticus Finch Hero

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Everybody has their own opinion of what a hero is. A hero is someone who does what they believe is right, no matter what anybody has to say. They stand their ground and don’t fall into negativity. A hero is someone who is selfless and inspires us to be a better version of our own selves. One of the best examples of a hero is Atticus Finch, a lawyer and father in the 1930s in the book To Kill A Mockingbird. Many may believe a different character in the novel is worthy enough of being called a leader but since the beginning of the book Atticus has greatly demonstrated the strong and bold qualities of a hero. To begin with, from the start of the novel multiple characters gave not just Atticus but his children too a hard time for defending Tom…show more content…
He never lies to his children and wanted them to grow up seeing the world as it really is to be prepared for the future. One of the many lessons he taught his children was the real meaning of courage. One of the examples he gave for the meaning of courage was Ms. Dubose’s actions towards her terminal sickness and overcoming her addiction. In chapter eleven Atticus explains to Jem, “‘I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what” (Lee 149). When Atticus says this it’s realized that Ms. Dubose wasn’t the only courageous person in the novel beating her painkiller addiction before dying but Atticus was courageous too knowing he wasn’t going to win the trial but doing it anyway no matter what came his way. A mockingbird represents a lot in this novel. For one it represented Tom Robinson. When his children receive guns Atticus strictly says not to kill mockingbirds. They are birds who are innocent of everything but making music for the ear. The biggest lesson Atticus taught his children was to never judge a person until you see things from their point of view. You never know what someone is going through because you are not them. In chapter three Atticus says to Scout, “you never really understand…show more content…
The people of Maycomb may have never been the fairest to him, but he would always be kind in return and rose above the negativity. Mrs. Dubose was an old woman who would criticize Atticus and his children any chance she got. But Atticus always warned the kids to not talk back, just let her say what she needs to and walk away. He said she was an old woman going through a lot of pain and is one of the bravest people he knows. Strangely enough, Atticus was also able to see the good in Mayella Ewell, and it tore him apart having to destroy her testimony on the stand. In chapter eighteen Scout says, “Atticus hit her hard in a way that was not clear to me, but it gave him no pleasure to do so. He sat with his head down..”(Lee 252). When Atticus had to defend Tom he also had to show the jury that Mayella was speaking lies which made him upset to do so. He knew Mayella was a victim in the situation too and did not want to hurt her more than Bob Ewell already did. Bob Ewell was a man full of evil and hatred. He threatens Atticus and harrasses Tom Robinson’s widow but he tells his kids not to fear him. He does not want his kids to live in fear of a man who is all talk no do. Atticus rises above Bob Ewell in many
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